Friday, October 22, 2010
Disneyland Halloween Trip Report
Halloween was in full swing this week at Disneyland...and so was the rain. Still, being a glass half-full kinda’ guy, I didn’t let it “dampen” my spirits (ba-dum-dum...ouch). Each year, the Halloween decor seems to get better—despite the fact that the Christmas crap is already edging its way in.
Recently, a number of new posters have graced the entrance tunnels; Mr. Toad is a particular favorite, as it does a good job of capturing the essence of the original silk-screened beauties.
Inside the Disney Gallery, feel free to slobber over Kevin Kidney’s latest collectible: a perfectly detailed replicas of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant & Walt’s Car:
Music greeted us as we strolled down Main Street:
Inside the Penny Arcade, I took a few photos of the Orchestron that I featured in a vintage shot the other day. Nice to see the descriptive signage.
We were on a mission though; we hadn’t eaten since breakfast and it was already close to 2pm...time for Plaza Inn Fried Chicken & Apple Pie! Thanks to the time and the rain, the place was practically deserted—I could pig out in peace!
To shake myself from a food coma, we waddled over to Buzz Lightyear:
As you can guess by the vacant look on my face, despite the fact that I was alone and two cars ahead of her, Stacy still skunked me. One of these days I’ll find the secret spot on Emperor Zurg.
The downpour began right about the time I went to check out the Rapunzel (oops, I mean Tangled) meet and greet area in Fantasyland. She managed to look stunning despite the rain; me...not so much.
I was feeling generous, so I actually appeased Stacy by going on small world; I am still attempting to remove its infernal theme song from my head.
It was even raining INSIDE the attraction!
Next up: A Grand Circle Tour! The train always provides a scenic respite from the elements.
Another great place to escape bad weather is The Tiki Room; I just can’t get enough of its timeless kitsch.
The Indiana Jones animatronic at the Gates of Doom sure looks a lot more like Harrison Ford than the other ones:
Circling around back to Halloween, the mist and lighting effects on the Rivers of America were magical:
Leota at The Mansion never looked lovelier:
Be sure not to miss these creepy little musicians in the portrait hallway:
New Orleans Square was alive with dance at Club Skellington (aka The French Market during). Insert cheesey DJ here:
These little things were all over the park and they truly freaked me out:
We caught the tail-end of the parade…
…and then found our viewing spot for the Halloween Fireworks Show which was worth the price of admission alone!
The castle sure looks purty at night:
Hope that was enough photos for all of you!
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